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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 36 — Dec. 20, 2009
  • pp: 6980–6989

Stabilization of a self-referenced, prism-based, Cr:forsterite laser frequency comb using an intracavity prism

Karl A. Tillman, Rajesh Thapa, Kevin Knabe, Shun Wu, Jinkang Lim, Brian R. Washburn, and Kristan L. Corwin  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 36, pp. 6980-6989 (2009)

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The frequency comb from a prism-based Cr:forsterite laser has been frequency stabilized using intra cavity prism insertion and pump power modulation. Absolute frequency measurements of a CW fiber laser stabilized to the P(13) transition of acetylene demonstrate a fractional instability of 2 × 10 11 at a 1 s gate time, limited by a commercial Global Positioning System (GPS)-disciplined rubidium oscillator. Additionally, absolute frequency measurements made simultaneously using a second frequency comb indicate relative instabilities of 3 × 10 12 for both combs for a 1 s gate time. Estimations of the carrier-envelope offset frequency linewidth based on relative intensity noise and the response dynamics of the carrier-envelope offset to pump power changes confirm the observed linewidths.

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OCIS Codes
(120.3930) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrological instrumentation
(120.4820) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical systems
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers
(140.3425) Lasers and laser optics : Laser stabilization

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: August 20, 2009
Revised Manuscript: November 25, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: November 26, 2009
Published: December 14, 2009

Karl A. Tillman, Rajesh Thapa, Kevin Knabe, Shun Wu, Jinkang Lim, Brian R. Washburn, and Kristan L. Corwin, "Stabilization of a self-referenced, prism-based, Cr:forsterite laser frequency comb using an intracavity prism," Appl. Opt. 48, 6980-6989 (2009)

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